Births are excellent occasions to celebrate and reflect on how we got here and where we're going. One moment it/he/she doesn't exist, the next moment it/he/she does and instantly you can't imagine what life was like without the new arrival.
Today we at CityBeat are celebrating the birth of a new publication, A-Line, and web site. In case you're wondering, it's a girl.
CityBeat's "shop local” holiday season promotion has wrapped up, and we thank the hundreds of Cincinnatians who took the pledge to support Greater Cincinnati’s economy by supporting locally owned independent businesses. Everyone who pledged to spend at least $100 of their holiday gift purchases to "shop local" were entered into a drawing for a prize package from participating businesses, and the winners have been chosen.
Despite today's rain, all the scheduled activities for O'Nati's Irish Pub on Fountain Square are going as planned. The St. Patrick's Day Parade this morning was wet, but reports are that attendance was pretty good.
Happy Valentine's Day! If you're still looking for some last-minute inspiration for getting out with your sweetie or family, check out CityBeat's event recommendations here. If you're looking to get down with your bad self, check out Aileen's Party Preview here.
By now you've probably heard about the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, in which schools around the country are competing to have President Obama attend and speak at their graduation ceremony. Clark Montessori has been chosen among the six finalist schools, and now the public is voting to help select the winning school; voting started today and goes through midnight Thursday.
CityBeat was among Ohio's top media performers recognized Friday night at the 31st Annual Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, hosted by the Press Club of Cleveland. More than 1,000 entries were received from a variety of daily and non-daily newspapers, radio and television stations and trade and business publications from across the state — the contest was for work published or broadcast in 2008.
CityBeat won two awards in the "Best of Ohio" competition within the competition, which pitted all media against each other regardless of size. Steven Rosen won first place in Best in Ohio: Reviews/Criticism for a selection of his movie reviews. The paper won second place in Best Non-Daily Newspaper in Ohio: Alternatives (Columbus' The Other Paper took first place).
They say that all good things must end, and tonight a fun annual tradition comes to an end at midnight. That's when the 2010 Best of Cincinnati� readers poll closes.
General public tickets went on sale this morning for the 2011 Western & Southern Open, which this year hosts the men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments simultaneously for the first time. The combined tournament is Aug. 13-21 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason and offers the richest purse in event history, totaling $5.2 million.
The Western & Southern Open will be one of only five professional tennis events (other than the four "majors") hosting men and women simultaneously in 2011. The other combined tournaments are in Rome, Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells, Calif.
From an entertainment perspective, it seems that life is back on track in Greater Cincinnati following yesterday's brush with White Death. Doing some quick checking, the key recommended events at the top of our home page appear to be on schedule tonight: Cheech & Chong, Grease, Passion Pit/Cale Parks at Northside Tavern, etc.
Not that you need our help to tell you Greater Cincinnati is shut down by the snow storm, but Hamilton County is under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, meaning you're not allowed out on the roads even if you want to be. So stay home and relax.
CityBeat World Headquarters is closed today. Most (if not all) of the recommended events on our home page are off, but please check with each venue and arts organization before deciding to venture out tonight. I know Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Museum Center are closed.